Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R.) on Monday activated the entire Texas National Guard to respond to the massive flooding and other devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, bringing the total number of deployed guardsmen to around 12,000.
President Donald Trump on Monday declared a state of emergency for Louisiana and ordered federal assistance to the state to help responders with disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
The National Weather Service tweeted Sunday that the devastating flooding in the Houston area was “unprecedented” and its impacts are “unknown & beyond anything experienced.”
Former FEMA Director Michael Brown, who oversaw the federal response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, condemned President Obama for continuing to golf last week during his two-week vacation on Martha’s Vineyard while historic floods were devastating parts of Louisiana.
The White House sharply curbed a major counterterrorism drill scheduled for Tuesday in Washington that was designed to test the federal government response to threats of car bombs attacks and a chemical weapons strike on the Metro subway system.
The exercise, code named Eagle Horizon 2014, was cut back instead to small-scale communications checks within federal agencies.
Homeowners protested the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and increasing flood insurance rates at rallies across the country on Saturday.
Frustration has now turned to anger for many Hurricane Sandy victims after living in limbo for more than six months, and they say the slow response and inaction by the Obama administration is taking its toll.
Some New Jersey hurricane victims are complaining that FEMA is doing more harm than Superstorm Sandy did when it hit over four months ago and washed away their homes and businesses. FEMA issued Advisory Base Flood Elevation Maps as a provision of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, which was signed by President Barack Obama last July.
More than seven years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans, federal grant funds marked for a nature center in the city have yet to be spent, leading federal watchdogs to recommend the revocation of some of those funds.